May 30, 2022

Vangelis 1943 – 2022

I function as a channel through which music emerges from the chaos of noise Vangelis These words characterize the best one of the most important electronic musicians of the last five decades.
April 30, 2022

Fisherman’s Friends – The Movie

Very rarely happens to me, that I am willing to watch one movie more that once. In fact, I could count repeatedly watched movies just on fingers of my two hands. A very special position in such a list belongs to the movie Once Upon A […]
March 31, 2022

Music Is Like Transportation

I like analogies and recently the following one came to my mind:  What if we would consider music to be similar to cars and to moving around – like for transportation?  So here is the situation: – Everyone who learns the rules and gets tested for […]
February 28, 2022

The Oxford Handbook of Music Performance

There is a new book published just recently, in January 2022, that I believe is worth your attention. Especially if your interests include music psychology, performance science, musicology, and music education. Its title is The Oxford Handbook of Music Performance and the editor of the publication […]
January 31, 2022

Musicking Heals Loneliness

I was watching the YT video by my favourite globetrotter Eva zu Beck the other day, and her experiences from Iraq. At one point her guide Abo Haider, an old fisherman and peasant, starts singing and then explains his motivations: When I sing, I feel that […]
December 27, 2021

12 Most Interesting Music Books of 2021

The end of a year is usually the best time to evaluate results of the previous twelve months in many fields and areas. Here are twelve books that, for me, represent the best and/or the most interesting, what has been published on topics related to music. […]
November 30, 2021

CANADIANA by Canadian Brass

New album from the legendary Canadian brass quintet, playing their own renditions of famous Canadian authors. This is their 108th album on the 51st anniversary of the group. Here is a collection of songs from famous Canadian authors like Joni Mitchell, Rush, k.d. lang, Bruce Cockburn, […]
October 31, 2021

Be Musical or Be Musician?

Recently, at the ‘Neighbourhood Chilli Cooking Competition’ our kids had a chance to present their musical achievements. They showed how accomplished both of them are. Victoria, who just turned 13,  played a violin concertino, while Martin (8) played an ‘ad-lib’ improvisation based on his previous practicing. […]
August 31, 2021

Strange or Outsider Music – Which Do You Prefer?

Two new information popped up recently from my readings, that may seem to be quite similar. When you think about the meaning of these two words – ‘strange’ and ‘outsider’ – wouldn’t their meaning be rather close?  In my understanding, if someone is an outsider, it […]